New Barkby W.I.

Mrs Shirley Franklin, President, welcomed members to New Barkby’s March meeting. Jerusalem was sung, followed by a two minutes silence to remember the victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The minutes of February’s meeting were signed, followed by business matters and correspondence, plus a financial report.
At very short notice, members welcomed speaker Mr Steven Bruce from Warwickshire, an auctioneer, valuer and consultant on Antiques and items of interest. He told us of his work as a valuer, having to assess what items might be regarded as a valuable asset, especially when dealing with a deceased persons estate.
Mr Bruce brought along several small items which he had displayed and spoke of their possible value, e.g., coffee spoons in a presentation box; paper money; a silver salver and an ivory handle which had been attached to a teapot, but had to be removed because it was not the appropriate one for that teapot.
Members, also at short notice, brought along items of their own for valuation and Mr Bruce gave valuations and discussed the history of each object during the evening; in particular a rolling pin, vesta case, watch, an extended false finger (similar to those worn by Oriental female dancers), a paperweight, framed prints of Leicester and a toy teddy bear which has reached the grand age of ninety four!
Everyone enjoyed the evening and wished it could have lasted longer. The vote of thanks was given by Mrs A Montague, and the tea hostesses were Mrs M Sewell and Mrs A Wright.
The next meeting will be Wednesday 6th April at Syston Community Centre at 7.30pm.
Visitors are always welcome.